Giddy Up for the 4th annual 
Rodeo and Fiesta del Charro

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Yee-Haw! It’s Rodeo Time on the Comstock!

The rodeo returns to Virginia City Aug. 24 – 25 bringing with it a full force of western and cultural heritage. The weekend kicks off with a longhorn cattle drive right down the center of town. The 4th annual Virginia City Rodeo and Fiesta del Charro features a mutton bustin’ tournament, classic bull fighting, traditional rodeo events and a celebration of Hispanic heritage. The rodeo is presented by Dolan Auto Group and by the Flying U Rodeo and the legendary Cotton Rosser, known for the Reno Rodeo and other large-scale regional events.

Saturday, Aug. 24 at 12 p.m. brings the longhorns to town for parade led by the stars of show as they head to the Virginia City Arena and Fairgrounds for the main event. Get up close and personal with these massive animals, magnificent horses and talented cowboys. The Longhorn Cattle Drive and Rodeo Parade is a free event before the Virginia City Rodeo & Fiesta del Charro.

The Escaramuza performance in the Virginia City Fiesta Del Charro at the Virginia City Fairgrounds on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.
Photo by Candice Vivien/Nevada Momentum

The Fiesta del Charro features Latin traditions such as a charro vs bucking horse completion, charro trick roping and escarmusas, an all-female Mexican drill team. Other highlights include extreme team bull fighting, bronc riding and even a children’s coin dig.

For the competitive youngins there’s a kids’ mutton bustin’ tournament with the top performers from Saturday having a chance to claim a golden belt buckle during Sunday’s Virginia City Mutton’ Bustin’ Tournament of Champions. All regional winners and participants are encouraged to enter.

After Saturday’s rodeo, the follow the mariachis to town for a Street Dance with live music from 5 – 10 p.m. featuring the Lady & The Tramps, sponsored by the Firehouse Saloon & Grill.

Tickets are available now. General admission is $18 each for Saturday and Sunday. Kids general admission is $15. Seating is on a first come, first served basis so be sure to arrive early. Kids mutton bustin’ registration is $25.  Purchase tickets online.

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